Field Studies Course

Course Description
(Applies to ACCT 4391, ACCT 8391 and TX 8391)

The purpose of this class is to provide course credit for students enrolled in the MPA, MTAX and undergraduate accounting program who have an accounting internship.

The field study is a three-credit hour supervised, employer-site learning experience. In this experience, students have the opportunity to apply accounting and/or tax skills in a professional setting. Students are required to submit weekly journals describing their internship experience and a paper at the end of the semester. The topic for the paper has to be approved by the instructor.

Note: Students cannot earn partial hours in the field studies course.


In addition to having an internship, part-time or full-time position, you must meet the other prerequisites for your desired course:

  • ACCT 4391
    • ACCT 4112 with a 3.0 GPA or higher and
    • enrolled as an undergraduate accounting major
    • Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours
  • ACCT 8391
    • MPA or MBA student with a 2.7 or higher GPA
  • TX 8391
    • MTAX student
    • TX 8020 with minimum grade of B

Your Experience

Accounting is a broad and varied field. Your position should be related to one of the following areas in accounting:

  • Financial accounting
  • Public accounting
  • Government accounting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Internal auditing
  • Taxation
  • Information Systems and Audit Control

Your experience during field studies must be an internship.

  • The course is only for internships (called such by the employer) with expected beginning and ending work dates
  • Students may not register for the course for a current job or a job started during the semester unless the job is an internship
  • Student will register for the field study course only during the semester of the internship
  • The internship may be paid or unpaid
  • The internship must be at least 8 weeks
  • The internship must be at least 180 hours in total during the semester
  • Most internship are for the entire semester. If the intern=hip does not cover the entire semester, the due dates for deliverables (i.e., journals, semester project, etc.) as defined in the course syllabus will be adjusted accordingly
  • If you are not sure what kind of experience your job may be, please clarify with your employer.

Registering for the Course

You will be notified by email if you are approved for your respective field studies course. Please follow your normal registration procedures and deadlines once you have been approved for the course. It is important that you follow your normal registration procedures since the professor will only contact registered students.

Getting Started & Course Requirements

The course instructor will notify all registered students the first week of class as listed on GoSolar for the respective semester. It is important that you check your official GSU email for communication from the professor.
The course has four main components:

  1. Description of Experience – generally due within the first week of the course start.
  2. Journals – generally due every other week if the course is taken during the fall and spring semester or weekly if the course is taken in the summer semester.
  3. Semester Paper – a final paper due at the end of the semester.
  4. Evaluation from Direct Supervisor – a final evaluation of the students’ performance during the experience.

Curricular Practical Training
(International Students Only)

If you are an international student studying in the United States on a visa, please visit the International Student & Scholar Services website to learn more about CPT.

Taking the Course Again

Students are allowed to take the course a maximum of two times. To take the course a second time, the experience must be substantially different in nature. For example, a student may work with the same firm doing audit type work in the first internship and tax work in the second internship.

Course Approval Form